Master of Science in Management - Public Administration Concentration

The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Public Administration (MSM-PA) is a 48-credit-hour program offered online. The program includes 28 credit hours of core management courses and 20 credit hours devoted to the public administration concentration.

This program is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing management careers in government agencies or in businesses that deal with government agencies in one capacity or another. The concentration courses focus on how public agencies operate, how they are funded, and how to apply traditional private-sector management principles to public-sector challenges. The program provides students with a mix of traditional management and public administration courses, and is designed to support those looking into private sector opportunities that involve interaction with government agencies; government positions at the local, state, and federal levels; or nonprofit and non-governmental agencies.


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.

Program Accreditation and Alignments

This program is designed in alignment with the professional standards of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), which is the Global Standard in Public Service Education.


MSM Program prepares the student to:

  • Evaluate the appropriate leadership and management actions needed across disciplines and in various global environments
  • Synthesize theory and practice in day-to-day managerial decision making and organizational change
  • Apply appropriate strategic, technical, operational, and ethical principles to solve organizational challenges and meet organizational goals and objectives

MSM Program Learning Outcomes

  • Lead, communicate and direct business initiatives and day-to-day operations
  • Analyze, develop, and implement strategies for improving business processes and operations
  • Integrate Research and Development, marketing, production, and finance strategies
  • Apply project management practices to projects and initiatives

MSM-PA Concentration Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze policy challenges in government
  • Formulate policy options in the public sector
  • Contrast competing potential solutions for challenges in public administration

Degree Requirements

Courses - Core

FINC615Applied Managerial Finance


INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


IT600IT Management


MGMT604Organizational Behavior


MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments


MKTG630Applied Managerial Marketing


PM600Project Management Processes in Organizations


Total Credit Hours:28

Courses- Concentration

PA600Public Administration Theory and Practice


PA605Graduate Research Methods for Public Administration


PA610Federal, State, and Local Government


PA615Budgeting and Finance for Public Administration


PA620Capstone in Public Administration


Total Credit Hours:20

Total Credit Hours: 48


  • Virtual Campus